By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/12/13
Drexel sophomore Lizzy Carr said Eddie Coombs was her “role model” while growing up in the Hatboro-Horsham sports community.
“He was one of my role models growing up,” said Carr of Coombs, who was one year older at HH. “He played lacrosse with my older brother (Jarrett) and my other brothers coached him.
“He was always pushing himself to give 110 percent on the field and he pushed me to play in college.”
Carr’s Dragons were one of six women’s Division I teams to compete today at the 2nd Annual Edward Taylor Coombs Fall Ball Shoot Out at Hatboro-Horsham. The event raises money for the Coombs Foundation and brings awareness to promoting positive decisions by teens. Coombs died two years ago in a car accident that involved drinking by underage teens.
Drexel was joined in the tourney by La Salle, Columbia, Wagner, Central Connecticut and Marist. Men’s teams competing today included Marist and Division II Merrimack and NYIT. Tomorrow eight men’s Division III teams will compete.
Carr, a key member of the Hatters’ Suburban One Liberty Division champs and state qualifying team in 2012, said it was emotional playing at her alma mater in honor of Coombs – a popular student-athlete at Hatboro-Horsham and Marist.
“It means so much,” she said. “Out on the field it all hit me at once. I was so excited to be back playing for him.
“I want him to be remembered for how smart he was in the classroom and how on the field or in the classroom he never gave up. That’s the important thing about being a student-athlete in college. He had it all.”
Carr said that Drexel, which went 11-7 last year, is beginning to jell with a young roster.
“We’ve only been together for Fall Ball for three weeks and we are working on coming together,” she said. “We have a lot of freshmen and we are a really young team. We’re just learning how everyone plays.”
The women’s team at Marist also had a close affection with Eddie Coombs. Senior co-captain Jamie Romano said she helped explain to the newcomers in the program how significant Eddie Coombs is to the Poughkeepsie, N.Y. college.
“I was at an airport a year ago, after the (inaugural) tourney and saw a men’s player wearing the EC34 shirt,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it! It was so interesting talking to him about (Eddie). There is so much awareness.
“The tourney has completely grown. The number of women’s teams has doubled. Promoting his story can change lives. Me and the seniors on the bus talked it over with the team.
“We told them who he was as a person and reminded them why we are here today; it’s about his legacy and what kind of person he was.”
La Salle senior attack Tori Mitros (Garnet Valley) said it was important for the lacrosse community to recognize the Foundation.
“I didn’t know much about him prior to hearing about the accident, but I think it affected the lacrosse community because it’s so closely knit,” she said. “It hits home when you play so close to home and when you come here to this tournament.
“It’s a chance to come out for a great cause and get great competition. We are gearing for the season and looking to get on the same page. We have 15 freshmen but we have a lot of chemistry and I think we’re going to have a good season.”